A full offseason has second year Hendersonville head coach Jason Sloan excited for the upcoming Lady Commandos volleyball season.
After landing the job in May 2018, Sloan and his team only had a few months to prepare for the 2018 season.
In a matter of a few months worth of training, his girls were able to improve their 2017 district record of 1-8 to 4-5 in league play, a fifth place regular season finish, and a berth in the semifinal round in 2018.
“Having a full preseason has helped us in many ways,” Sloan said. “We were able to work out about two to three days a week from November through May and it allowed us to hit the ground fast. We are trying to develop their explosive power. We did as much as we could to help these girls develop their bodies for the season.”
Since tryouts in May, Hendersonville has spent a combination of four days between team camps in Foley, Alabama and Brentwood. During that week the team competed in 18 junior varsity and 18 varsity matches.
“The biggest take away from those team camps was we were able to work in our new setter Campbell Hubbard,” he said. “She played on the right side for us last year and we are starting to see progress from her moving to setter. We were competitive every match and we never felt like there was a team at either camp that dominated us. We played a lot of really good volleyball. I am happy about our play but there is still plenty of room for improvement.”
Hendersonville will open the 2019 regular season on August 20 at home against Springfield.
“For us this year our goal is to see a higher ranking in our district and earn more quality wins,” he continued. “Our goal this year would be to make it to the region tournament.”